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If you had to reincarnate, would you come back as a human?

 
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27 June 2019 12:08
 

. . . or some other creature?

I recently posted briefly about the notion of the self and how it relates to my occasional and insane reincarnation ideation. In the post, I mentioned that, once I’m dead, I’d prefer not to come back at all. Since Mario then editorially mocked my post, it occurs to me that my thoughts there may be worth exploring further, for the fun of it. Go ahead, Mario—write a detailed description now detailing how much fun you experience in your life.

If I’ll have no choice but to re-enter Earth’s—or some other god-forsaken planet’s—sphere of the living at some point after I’m dead, yet while I’m still alive I’m able to decide which biological form I’ll take in my next life—I’ll choose to be a bird. More specifically, an ocean-hovering seagull, at least. Those guys are fantastically atheletic but they also evoke sympathy. An even better bird to be would be the albatross:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/group/albatrosses/

What about you?

 
 
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28 June 2019 00:08
 

I’d go straight for A.I.

 
 
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28 June 2019 00:26
 

James Bond, Wolverine or a synth .

 
 
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28 June 2019 04:44
 

Human, but with super powers and immortal.

 
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28 June 2019 05:25
 

I’d want to come back as a human. But only as Jeff Bezos’s child. Might as well start off with the very best possible financial circumstances, no?

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28 June 2019 06:14
 
MrRon - 28 June 2019 05:25 AM

I’d want to come back as a human. But only as Jeff Bezos’s child. Might as well start off with the very best possible financial circumstances, no?

Ron

Sounds good. But would you choose to come back as a human if you had no say about which geographic location or family you’d be born into? Taking that kind of chance would worry me.

 
 
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28 June 2019 09:15
 
nonverbal - 28 June 2019 06:14 AM
MrRon - 28 June 2019 05:25 AM

I’d want to come back as a human. But only as Jeff Bezos’s child. Might as well start off with the very best possible financial circumstances, no?

Ron

Sounds good. But would you choose to come back as a human if you had no say about which geographic location or family you’d be born into? Taking that kind of chance would worry me.

Hmmm…...

I would probably pass on that. Just make me some low level creature that has no capacity to think or feel pain. Make me an amoeba.

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29 June 2019 13:44
 

This is a modified version of that pop psychology question meant to reveal a person’s personality: What sort of animal would you choose to be?

I remember being ambushed by this question once by a roommate after a day of work delivering typesetting. I was in my twenties. He asked me what animal I would choose to be and three words to describe that animal.

I said a cheetah. My descriptive words were: sleek, fast, and solitary.

As a delivery driver, I was fast and solitary. As a young man, I was physically sleek.

It is a revealing question.

( I thought GAD was already a version of James Bond. And Mr. Ron — an amoeba! Now really…)

 
 
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30 June 2019 09:54
 

Interesting question. I’m not sure, but human, dolphin or parrot would be on my short list.

 
 
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30 June 2019 14:57
 

A peregrine falcon.

 
 
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01 July 2019 08:51
 

One of my sarcastic compliments to routinely fortunate people is, “In my next life I want to come back as you.”

 
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Skipshot - 01 July 2019 08:51 AM

One of my sarcastic compliments to routinely fortunate people is, “In my next life I want to come back as you.”

Ha!

when we lived in Santa Cruz one of our neighbors used to say that he wanted to come back as one of our (spoiled) horses.

 
 
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01 July 2019 09:22
 

If one wants a life of luxury and indolence, the best answer might be a rich-person’s house-cat.

 
 
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01 July 2019 10:05
 

A tardigrade.  It may be the only way to survive the Anthropocene.

 
 
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LadyJane - 01 July 2019 10:05 AM

A tardigrade.  It may be the only way to survive the Anthropocene.

Ha! Those critters will no doubt eventually restart the whole process once everyone else has been toasted.

 
 
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nonverbal - 01 July 2019 11:37 AM
LadyJane - 01 July 2019 10:05 AM

A tardigrade.  It may be the only way to survive the Anthropocene.

Ha! Those critters will no doubt eventually restart the whole process once everyone else has been toasted.

Yes, smart choice.  LadyJane will then become the mitochondrial Eve of the next sentient species.

 
 
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